Delta to offer free in-flight messaging on flights

Posted at 9:26 AM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 17:50:55-04

Starting this weekend, you'll be able to message your friends while you're flying high in the sky on a Delta flight.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced on Wednesday morning that the company will now allow passengers to send free in-flight messages. The service will allow passengers to use iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger on Wi-Fi-enabled planes without paying additional fees typically associated with in-flight internet.

"Starting this weekend, any flight you're on on Delta, anywhere in the world you'll have the ability to text for free," Bastian announced on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday. "We want our customers while they're flying to stay connected to their homes, to their friends." 

Only Wi-Fi enabled messaging services will work, regular text messaging that requires cell phone service will still be unavailable since the airplane will be out of cell range.